As with all new technology, electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) have proven to be beneficial while in the appropriate setting, but school is often not the right time to use the devices. The administration at Alliance High School sent out a series of surveys for the staff to gather information on the benefits and downfalls of allowing electronic devices in the school setting.
The new policy for the 2019-2020 school year is as detailed below:
Electronic devices are not permitted for use during the school day, which includes study halls, in the hallway and in restrooms. The only time devices are allowed is at the students assigned lunch time and in the main lobby or study commons during their study hall time. Prior to leaving the study hall, all devices must be turned off and out of sight.
If a student is caught with an electronic device, they will be asked to give it to the faculty member. There are two tracks for disciplinary actions:
Track 1 - The student gives the device to the faculty member when asked
1st: Verbal Warning and phone returned by administration at end of day
2nd: Twilight School and phone returned by administration at end of day
3rd: Twilight School and administration holds phone until parent picks it up
4th: 2 days of SIL and administration holds phone until parent picks it up
5th+: Principal’s Discretion
Track 2 - The student refuses to give the faculty member the device when asked
1st: Out of School Suspension (OSS) - 1 day
2nd: OSS - 3 days
3rd: OSS - 5 days with principal hearing
4th+: OSS - 10 days with expulsion hearing
At Alliance Middle School, students are not permitted to have their electronic devices. All devices should be silenced and placed in their lockers at all times.
The district wants to encourage the use of technology in an appropriate setting, but the classroom is not the time nor place for students to be distracted by the devices. The policies in place will allow the students to learn and grow using the approved technology without the added distractions of personal electronic devices.